Lebanon’s Ministry of Telecommunications (MoT) has extended once more the contracts of Kuwait’s Zain Group and Egyptian-backed Orascom Telecom Lebanon to manage the two state-owned mobile operators, Touch and Alfa respectively, until the end of December to allow further time for a new Cabinet of Ministers (CoM) to be formed and approve an open tender for new multi-year contracts. As previously reported by CommsUpdate, the political impasse led to earlier temporary contract extensions given to Zain and the Lebanese branch of Orascom Telecom Media & Technology (owned by Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris) to the end of June and subsequently to the end of September.
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